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Communities Officer

Hi, I’m Louise and I’m your Communities Officer. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve sustainability, environment and ethics and accommodation within the University and the city.

Email: ausacommunities@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Empathetic, committed and (sometimes) adventurous. 

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

Don't waste your time on something you don't like doing. Find what makes you happy and go from there. 

If I had one superpower, it would be:

Being able to fill up anything (my bank account or my fridge!)

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

I like to garden and plant things, but also exploring new places in cities or nature. 

This year I want to achieve:

Sustainability! Not just in words, but actions. 

Weekly Update (Week 21 18th November-24th)

This week was mainly about graduation and encouraging students to register to vote.
Throughout the week, we participated in the academic procession during graduations. Congrats on everyone who graduated.
The week was filled with lots of happiness but I also chatted with some students who felt isolated with the omnipresence of screens around campus livestreaming the ceremonies. Especially for students who might not have family able to attend their graduation due to many different reasons, this is a difficulty. It is something that we did not consider when planning the livestream, so we apologise for any distress caused. Thank you again for the student who brought that to my attention. I talked to the Principal about this issue and it will be fed back for the next graduation ceremonies. As always, if you do have any suggestions on how we can help and do better, send me a message ??

The sabbatical team organised a few stalls in Suttie Centre, the Student Union Building and the Sir Duncan Rice Library to encourage people to register for the upcoming elections.

I had a call with members of the Investment Committee regarding reviewing the Sustainable Investment Policy. It won't meet the Fossil Free Campaign demands for but we are slowly making process.

I attended the Student Council Meeting to go over the motions which were not discussed at the November General Meeting after the loss of quorum. We passed the Meat-Free Mondays Motion (message me if you want to know more!) and decided to move the motion on Butchart Building access for a later meeting.
I gave an update on the democratic review, on the status of ASCN affiliation as well.

I attended a joint meeting with AberGreen, the University Waste Officer, Aberdeen City Council Recycling Officers and the Environmental Reps for trade Unions. We talked about events organising, possible events next semester, reusable sanitary products campaigns and much more.

I shot a video to inform people about the UCU Strikes. I had a meeting regarding a bike scheme which we are hoping to start next semester.

We also had another meeting regarding the Byelaws which are being reviewed due to the Democratic Review. Each sabs has been tasked with several byelaws to work on.

Lastly, the sabbatical team had a meeting with AUSA CEO to review our Induction period in the summer. Some of the things we hope our successors to have is more inductions and meetings with Foresterhill Staff to develop a stronger relationship with the Foresterhill campus. More guidance and training regarding Freshers Week and more thorough handover process. While we are elected on our individual manifesto, we are also mandated to follow policies which might have been started by our predecessors two years ago. We think information getting from one academic year to the other to be essential. That is why we are all working to make regular and accessible updates on the policies passed by Student Council.

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Student President

Hi, I’m Cecilia and I’m your Student President. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve policies, diversity, democratic structure of AUSA and if you want to help make a positive change at the University.

Email: ausapresident@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Best. Person. Ever. 

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

'Did you try turning it off and then on again?'

If I had one superpower, it would be:

To be able to understand any language.

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

Have a good chat with my friends, Michaelle (cat) and Tom and Jerry (plants).

This year I want to achieve:

Increased inclusivity and engagement within the student body. 

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Last post 17 Jan 2020
Communities Officer

Hi, I’m Louise and I’m your Communities Officer. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve sustainability, environment and ethics and accommodation within the University and the city.

Email: ausacommunities@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Empathetic, committed and (sometimes) adventurous. 

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

Don't waste your time on something you don't like doing. Find what makes you happy and go from there. 

If I had one superpower, it would be:

Being able to fill up anything (my bank account or my fridge!)

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

I like to garden and plant things, but also exploring new places in cities or nature. 

This year I want to achieve:

Sustainability! Not just in words, but actions. 

35 posts
Last post 10 Jan 2020
Welfare Officer

Hi, I’m Alex and I’m your Welfare Officer. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve the welfare and general wellbeing of students. 

Email: ausawelfare@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Affable, approachable and cheerful. 

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

To create my own plan to manage stress and not to concern myself with things I don't have control of.  

If I had one superpower, it would be:

The power to call everything done. 

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

Enjoy my favourite football team (Arsenal) play and win.

This year I want to achieve:

To make sure support and welfare services are more accessible and publicised. 

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Last post 09 Jan 2020
Sports Officer

Hi, I’m Isla and I’m your Sports Officer. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve sports clubs, sports events, activities and facilities.

Email: ausasport@abdn.ac.uk 

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Sporty (of course), friendly and innovative.

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

From my mum - 'touch once'. Basically means once you start a task, see it through. 

If I had one superpower, it would be:

Teleportation - it's a lot greener than transport. 

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

Baking.

This year I want to achieve:

A lot! The 3 key themes will be Sport for all, mental health in sport, and improving communication for clubs. 

 

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Last post 22 Oct 2019
Education Officer

Hi, I’m Dariya and I’m your Education Officer. Drop me an e-mail if you’re concerned or have ideas that will improve educational and teaching quality and if you need support with anything concerning your education.

Email: ausaeducation@abdn.ac.uk  

 

Quick questions

If I had to describe myself in 3 words I would use:

Cheerful, Determined, Quirky. 

Best piece of advice I’ve ever received is: 

Something a friend once said: Be so completely yourself so everyone else feels safe to be themselves too. Cheesy, but always helpful to keep in mind. 

If I had one superpower, it would be:

Teleportation, definitely Being able to instantly transport yourself someplace new and exciting sounds amazing. 

Favourite thing to do in my spare time is:

I like live music so going to gigs is one of my favourite ways to spend my free time. Day trips are also super fun. 

This year I want to achieve:

I'd be very happy if I am able to deliver some of my key manifesto goals and represent students best I can. I also have my personal goal to visit more new places than the previous year. 

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